The 2020 TCAA Australian Open Tai Chi Championship, will be held on Saturday 30 May 2020 in New South Wales at the Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre, 150 Belmore Road North, Riverwood, NSW 2210.
Participation is OPEN TO ALL TAI CHI ENTHUSIASTS. Please register as early as possible, and tell all your Tai Chi friends to register to perform or to come and enjoy watching.
The closing date for registration is Friday 1st May 2020.
Downdoad the 2020 Regulations and Registration Forms:
There will be separate Male and female divisions. Age divisions remain and we are continuing the practice of making the TaoLu (Forms) 18 to 45 age bracket as "OPEN", meaning that you may choose the challenge of being in this more "prestigious" division whatever your age. Be aware though that you will face stiff competition, and only 3 medals will be awarded.
Weight division is applicable only to Push Hands.
Please read the Regulations, register early, practise a lot until your TaoLu (and push hands if applicable) becomes smooth, easy, no tension, expansive, and effortless, yet full with internal power that can be felt even by an observer. And most of all, come and enjoy the fellowship.
Awards within a Taolu event will be Gold, Silver and Bronze. Push Hands will have Gold and Silver only. TaoLu events of a division with less than 3 participants will have medals awarded based on the level of scores gained.
NOTE: "Other" TaoLu denotes non-"Standard Competition" and non-"Traditional", but must still be "Tai Chi - like" with the internal "jing" characteristic to attract good scores.
In addition to the medals, there will also be awarded "Encouragement" trophies donated by Mr Damon Bramich in honour of his Shifu, Fu Sheng Yuan.
TCAA TaoLu Competition Rules: TCAA follows the IWUF 1999 Rules as they are easier to implement, and yet provide a clear distinction of quality of TaoLu performance. TCAA does not consider it necessary to follow the IWUF 2005 Rules, especially as they require more resources. Click here to view the IWUF 1999 Rules.
Moving Step: Push hands is the "MOVING STEP" contest on rubber mats as per recent years. The size of the arena remains a circle of 3 meters diameter. Rules for safety will be tightly enforced as always, so we do not injure friends.
Grand Champion: This year 2020, there will be an award of Grand Champion and Runner-up with cash prizes of $300 and $100 respectively, each generously donated by a TCAA member to "up the profile" of Push Hands. Division winners will compete for Grand Champion, with handicaps provided to compensate for weight difference.
Non-TaiChi Participants: We are also opening the Tai Chi Push Hands to non-Tai Chi participants, but they must be from the Kungfu Arts, and MUST comply with the Push Hands Rules which are designed with safety as essential requirements.
NOTE: The crossed hands at the start will be at stomach level rather than at face level as introduced in 2019.
Watch the video explaining the starting position.
Female participation in push hands is always encouraged. We hope to get enough female athletes to compete within all-female divisions. So girls, sign up! And practise away.
Handicaps. This year, we shall be providing handicaps if a female contestant is offered and she accepts to move into a Male division. Handicaps are also applicable if moving up into heavier divisions.
Information and results for previous competitions are contained on the Competition Archive page.